Sunday, December 31, 2017

Cheers To A Prosperous New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018 to you and your family! HALLELUJAH! Cheers!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Top 10 Achievements of President Donald Trump in 2017



1. GDP increase above 3%

2. 1.7 million new jobs - 4% unemployment. Are you listening, Mr. Obama?

3. Dynamic tax reform package. Take notice of your "take home" pay 2nd week in February.

4. Executive Order to boost appprenticeships. Are you listening, Democrats?

5. Priortizing women-owned businesses $500 million in SBA loans. Are you listening, Democrats?

6. 73 new Federal judges nominated. Supreme court nominations look to be promising.


7. Created a VA hotline. Where were you Mr. Obama? Golf course?

8. ISIS has lost virtually all it's territory under Mr. Trumps military directives.

9. Increase defense spending - knock on wood. Where were you, Democrats? Not acting like FDR,
for sure.

10. Saved "Merry Christmas"!... 'bout time.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

IMF Staff Completes 2018 Article IV Mission to Nigeria




IMF Staff Completes 2018 Article IV Mission to Nigeria

WASHINGTON, 22 December 2017 / PRN Africa / -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team led by Amine Mati visited Nigeria during December 6-20, 2017 to conduct the 2018 Article IV consultation. Following the conclusion of the visit, Mr. Mati, Senior Resident Representative and Mission Chief for Nigeria at the IMF, issued the following statement:


“Overall growth is slowly picking up but recovery remains challenging. Economic activity expanded by 1.4 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017—the second consecutive quarter of positive growth after five quarters of recession—driven by recovering oil production and agriculture. However, growth in the non-oil-non-agricultural sector (representing about 65 percent of the economy), contracted in the first three quarters of 2017 relative to the same period last year. Difficulties in accessing financing and high inflation continued to weigh on companies' performance and consumer demand. Headline inflation declined to 15.9 percent by end-November, from 18½ percent at end-2016, but remains sticky despite tight liquidity conditions.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018


We wish you a beautiful Merry Christmas and prosperous Happy New Year 2018.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Great News - Speaker Paul Ryan



Great News - Speaker Paul Ryan

Christmas is coming early for the American people.

Republicans made a promise to you that, if elected, we would pass historic tax reform, and put America back in the lead again. Today, Congress kept that promise by passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That means that a typical family of four making $73,000 will get a tax cut of $2,059 next year.


Big things like this cannot happen without an enormous team effort, and I want to thank President Trump and his administration for their help in getting historic tax reform across the finish line.

UK Minister for Africa Condemns Attack On Aid Convoy in Nigeria



UK Minister for Africa Condemns Attack On Aid Convoy in Nigeria

LONDON, 19 December 2017 / PRN Africa / --

Minister for Africa Rory Stewart gave a statement on the attack in Borno State, Nigeria on 16 December 2017.

Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart said:

“I condemn the attack on Saturday against a humanitarian convoy in Borno State, in which four people lost their lives. The UK continues to support the United Nations and humanitarian partners as they deliver essential food supplies to people affected by the current conflict – food that was lost in this attack.

“We call on all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and refrain from launching attacks against civilians or humanitarian operations. Life-saving assistance has been provided to 5 million people in the north east of Nigeria, this vital work to help people most in need must not be hampered.”

SOURCE UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

BUTHAINA Muhammad Mansour al-Raimi of Yemen is Our Hero of the Year


BUTHAINA Muhammad Mansour al-Raimi of Yemen is the most unforgettable face of 2017; an amazing symbol of human courage, faith and hope in human conflict. She has inspired us not to give up no matter the tragedies of life in a turbulent world. 
She is Our Hero of the Year.
She is the bravest child in the world.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of Nigerians Report Online and @247 Nigeria. https://www.amazon.com/author/ekenyerengozimichaelchima.

The following report is by Karem Alzerii.

The five-year-old was at home with her parents and her five siblings when an air strike destroyed their apartment building in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, on August 25.

(The caption said: “The child survived with the blessings of God, to be a symbol of the loss of Saudi aggression against Yemen.”) 
Rescuers hauled her from the rubble, and she’s been in hospital ever since.

She suffered a fractured skull and serious bruises to her entire body, including her face.

Shortly after the attack, local news photographer Karem Alzerii came to visit her in the hospital and take her picture.

Both of her eyes were swollen shut, but she forced one open so she could see the stranger trying to ask questions.

It’s a tiny gesture, but it’s made her a symbol of the violence tearing her country apart, and now the world is taking notice.




Nigerian High Court Grants Aiteo’s Benedict Peters Global Judgment in Rem - Declares Earnings as Legitimate



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Nigerian High Court Grants Aiteo’s Benedict Peters Global Judgment in Rem - Declares Earnings as Legitimate

There was no evidence to support the suggestion that any aspect of his business showed any criminal conduct and as such, the allegations were baseless

LAGOS, Nigeria, December 19, 2017/ -- The High Court sitting in the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria has declared that earnings and assets accruing to Oil magnate and Aiteo Energy (www.AiteoGroup.com) boss, Benedict Peters were acquired legally through legitimate sources. This follows a similar ruling squashing multiple money laundering charges and bribery of election officials indictment against Mr. Peters.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2018 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival



8th IREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival, 22nd-25th March 2018.

The iREPRESENT (iREP) International Documentary Film Festival is committed to developing and promoting the practice of documentary filmmaking in Africa. Founded in Lagos Nigeria in 2010 by Femi Odugbemi, Makin Soyinka and Jahman Anikulapo the I-Represent international documentary film festival has made progress making a case for rebuilding a vibrant documentary cinema culture in Nigeria. Over the past 7years IREP has screened over 250 films from across the world partnering with other documentary film festivals such as the Dok.fest in Munich Germany and the WADF out of the University Missouri in St.Louis Missouri and the New York University's African Studies department. We have vigorously advocated documentary cinema as an important art form and as a powerful tool for empowering new voices and new perspectives on the issues of our political and cultural history and our development agenda within the framework of our ambitions for development, constitutional liberties, human rights, social justice and democracy. That is why iREP chose from inception to frame its intervention on the theme "Africa in self-conversation."


Monday, December 18, 2017

Africa, Now is A Time for Action - Kofi Annan



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“Now is a time for action” affirms Kofi Annan in final Africa Progress Panel report

The report presents a bold agenda for African progress, to be taken forward by leaders on the continent and abroad to accelerate Africa’s transformation in the coming decades

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 18, 2017/ -- By 2050 more than one in four people on our planet will be African. Bold action is needed now to ensure that all of them have a fair chance of leading healthy, prosperous and fulfilling lives, urges the newest and final report from Kofi Annan’s Africa Progress Panel (APP) (www.AfricaProgressPanel.org).

The report, “Making Progress Towards Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa”, (http://APO.af/xtXMF1) draws from the insights cultivated over the APP’s decade of work (2007-2017), outlining the key opportunities and challenges Africa faces as it strives to realize the Sustainable Development Goals, and create long-term equitable and sustainable prosperity.


The APP’s final report is primarily a call to action. It presents a bold agenda for African progress, to be taken forward by leaders on the continent and abroad to accelerate Africa’s transformation in the coming decades.

Nigeria - Signs of Economic Recovery for West Africa as Nigeria Exits Recession

President Muhammadu Buhari at the 48th ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government ordinary summit in Abuja.

Nigeria - Signs of Economic Recovery for West Africa as Nigeria Exits Recession


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Top five business risks for West Africa

Signs of economic recovery for West Africa as Nigeria exits recession – Militancy and political uncertainty remain key risks for businesses in 2018

LAGOS, Nigeria, December 18, 2017/ -- As Nigeria exits the recession of 2017, investor sentiment across West Africa is likely to experience uplift in 2018. Still, political uncertainty ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential elections and on-going security concerns are among the key risks for businesses operating in the region, says specialist global risk consultancy Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com) in their annual political and security risk forecast ‘RiskMap’.

Control Risks’ Senior Partner for West Africa Tom Griffin comments:

“2017 has been a tough and turbulent year for businesses in the region, however with Nigeria exiting recession, and foreign exchange shortages easing, we see a strong improvement in investor sentiment emerging. Another major engine of growth will be Cote d’Ivoire, where economic expansion is projected at around 7% next year. There will be only a handful of elections in the region in 2018, meaning continuity will largely prevail with policy decisions having the biggest impact on the business environment.”

Friday, December 15, 2017

NOLLYWOOD: A Film Industry Without A Film Catalogue



The Nigerian film industry, including #Nollywood and #Kannywood does not have a film catalogue.
As I have stated before in my articles published by @indiewire that Nigeria has a peculiar film industry, because it does not have any film market.

Every world class film festival has a film catalogue. This not the film festival brochure. A film catalogue of all the selected films and other films to be given to film commissioners and film distributors.
I am yet to see any film festival in Nigeria exploring the opportunities of the business platforms of film festivals like the Berlinale, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Durban and others of world class standards.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Nigeria Signs Joint Declaration on Economic Cooperation with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Buenos Aires



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Nigeria Signs Joint Declaration on Economic Cooperation with European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Buenos Aires

Represents Africa as Vice-chair World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference; Friends of Investment Facilitation for Development (FIFD) Members Adopt Ministerial Statement on Investment

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, December 12, 2017/ -- Nigeria has signed a joint declaration on Economic Cooperation with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (www.EFTA.int) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the sidelines of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference.

(Left-Right) Ambassador Peter Matt of Liechtenstein, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann from Switzerland, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade of Iceland, Mr. Guolaugur Por Poroarson and Ambassador Harald Neple from Norway after the signing of the Joint Economic Cooperation between Nigeria and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the Sidelines of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) 11th Ministerial Conference.

It also represented Africa at the Ministerial Conference through its position as Vice-Chair of the conference.

Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt Represent Africa at the International Surrealism Now Art Exhibition in Portugal



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Africa will be represented in the International Surrealism Now art Exhibition 2017/2018 which will open in Portugal on December 23

Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria are the African countries to be present in the next edition of Surrealism Now, the largest World Surrealism exhibition of the 21st century which gathers art work from more than 48 countries

CONDEIXA-A-NOVA, Portugal, December 12, 2017/ -- Achraf Baznani and Yamal Din, Morocco, Aissa Mammasse, Algeria , Jimah St, Nigeria and  Olesya Novik, Russia / Egypt are the African artists whose work will be present in The International Surrealism Now 2017/18 Art Exhibition in POROS Museum in Condeixa village in Portugal.


Following on from this participation, the organisers , including the mentor of the project, the artist Santiago, are looking for more active participation from the African continent in this event with a great international appeal.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Over 1,000 Media Professionals and Industry Leaders in Beijing for Evolution of Global Communications


Redefining Influence: Over 1,000 Media Professionals and Industry Leaders Gather in Beijing to Discuss Evolution of Global Communications

PR Newswire Honors Top Marketers with 2017 Corporate Communications Awards at Annual Forum

BEIJING, Dec. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PR Newswire, the premier global provider of news distribution and media monitoring services, held its 5th Corporate Communications Forum held in Beijing. Under the theme of "Redefining Influence," over 1,000 leaders and key opinion-makers from leading media and public relations communities from across Asia met to discuss strategies for communication with their audience within an evolving media landscape and the communication industry's responses to technological innovations. The company also handed out its annual Corporate Communications Awards, honoring leaders and innovators who represent excellence in their fields.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

World Premiere of "The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai" is this Sunday



World Premiere of "The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai" is this Sunday, December 10.



The world premiere of the most anticipated romantic comedy, "The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai", is today, Sunday evening at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos. A production of ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios.


One of the Executive Producers and winner of the 2017 Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoDN) Award, Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV and EbonyLife Films commended the Director, Niyi Akinmolayan and DOP, Malcolm McLean for doing an awesome job in the production of the follow up to the first box office hit, The Wedding Party directed by Kemi Adetiba and broke box office records in Nigeria as the highest grossing #Nollywood movie so far.

Synopsis
In the sequel to the 2016 smash hit, we follow the romance between Nonso Onwuka (Enyinna Nwigwe) and Deirdre (Daniella Down), the bridesmaid from London. Nonso proposes by accident while on a date and sets off a chain of events too powerful to stop.

Deirdre’s upper-crust British family are against the match, as are some members of the Nigerian clan, but Deirdre’s determination can’t be contained. After a near-disastrous introduction ceremony in Lagos and Nigerian opposition to a London wedding, both families reluctantly agree to a wedding in Dubai, setting us off on another colourful, chaotic and memorable journey to everlasting love.

All glory to God 🙏 #weddingpartymovie2 #TWP2 @niyi_akinmolayan @malcolmpeter @filmoneng @seyilaw1 @theonlychigul @bankywellington @kemiadetiba @emmaohmagod @mofedamijo @solasobowale @official_ikechukwu @iretidoyle @frankdonga_ @alibabagcfr @wofaifada @elenu1 @adesuaetomi @beverlynaya @zainabbalogun @somkele_i @daniellajoydown @a_yinna @inkblotpresents.thearbitration @kogaent @simplysaka @iamfvo @tedabudu @yolandaokereke @aycomedian @randbpr @iamsambasa @visitdubai.af @dubaitourism @biyibandele @topeoshinfilm @cameronpbailey @dakoreea @omonioboli @iretidoyle @Emmanuelikubese @kachi213 @lepaciousbose @ebonylifetv


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Breaking News: Aliko Dangote on the Nasdaq Tower in Times Square, New York



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Aliko Dangote on the Nasdaq Tower in Times Square, New York

Aliko Dangote was selected as the only African on the Bloomberg 50 list of this year's most influential people

NEW YORK, United States of America, December 7, 2017/ -- Aliko Dangote is the only African on the Bloomberg 50 list of this year's most influential people.

A photo of Aliko Dangote was displayed on Wednesday on the Nasdaq Tower in Times Square, New York after Aliko Dangote was selected as the only African on the Bloomberg 50 list of this year's most influential people (http://APO.af/cvMEyq).

WorldRemit Raises $40m To Target 5 Million Customers in Africa


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WorldRemit raises $40m to target 5 million customers in Africa

Series C funding round brings the total amount raised to $220m

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 7, 2017/ -- Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit (www.WorldRemit.com) has raised $40m to drive its next phase of global growth, aiming to serve 10 million customers connected to emerging markets. Half of these customers will be in Africa.

Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO at WorldRemit.

As part of the expansion, WorldRemit will enable customers in Africa to transfer money to 148 countries as easily as sending an instant message, using the WorldRemit app. Countries in Africa which now receive remittances through WorldRemit, will become send countries. Most importantly, the new service will make sending money within Africa faster, easier and low cost. According to the World Bank, inter-Africa transfers are amongst the most expensive in the world.

Michael Liu, Regional Director, Asia-Pacific.

Money transfers to Africa account for more than half of WorldRemit’s total volume of transactions. The company currently handles 74% of remittances to popular mobile money services across Africa like MTN, Ecocash, Tigo Pesa, Vodafone M-Pesa and Airtel Money, making it the global leader in mobile-to-mobile international money transfers.

Ismail Ahmed, founder and CEO at WorldRemit, comments: “This new funding will fuel our growth, and help bring our service to millions more customers across the globe. Africa is a crucial market for us and over the next few years, we will expand our services so customers can send and receive with WorldRemit, getting the benefits of our fast, secure online service.”


Since its last funding round in 2015, WorldRemit has launched 206 new services across the globe and has grown its transaction volume by 400%. Last month WorldRemit became Arsenal FC’s (www.Arsenal.com) first-ever online money transfer partner.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dangote is the Only African On Bloomberg 50 List of the Most Influential People in 2017

Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

Dangote: Only African in Bloomberg 50 List of the Most Influential People in 2017

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Dangote: Only African in Bloomberg 50 list of year's most influential people

Dangote's contribution to the world this year revolves around his dynamic attention to lessen food imports into his own country and Africa's largest nation, Nigeria

NEW YORK, United States of America, December 5, 2017/ -- Aliko Dangote was honored last night at the Bloomberg 50 annual gala dinner at New York's iconic Gotham Hall. Bloomberg's list of 50 most influential names (http://APO.af/hCnHFd) who have had an impact on the world in 2017 included Dangote, Africa's richest person, for his outstanding commitment of over $4B USD to increase Nigeria's food production capacity.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

IOM To Fly 15,000 Migrants Home from Libya in Wake of Reported Abuses



UN Agency To Fly 15,000 Migrants Home from Libya in Wake of Reported Abuses

NEW YORK, 01 December 2017 / PRN Africa / -- The United Nations migration agency plans to fly 15,000 more migrants home from detention centres in Libya before year-end in the wake of shocking reports of rampant migrant abuse and squalid and overcrowded conditions at these facilities across the North African country.


“Scaling up our return programme may not serve to fully address the plight of migrants in Libya, but it is our duty to take migrants out of detention centers as a matter of absolute priority,” said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at its Council meeting in Geneva on Thursday.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Atiku Abubakar Has Bad Political Advisers and Bad Public Relations Managers

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is desperate to become the next President of Nigeria, but attacking his former political party and President Buhari only makes him more unpopular. He has bad political advisers and bad public relations managers. pic.twitter.com/23gYpgaGzX

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Twisted War On Piracy of Nigerian Movies


The Twisted War On Piracy of Nigerian Movies

I have written comprehensive articles on movie piracy and focused on the piracy of Nigerian movies in "Nigeria: Nollywood and the Vicious Circle of Movie Piracy" published on Shadow and Act of the popular IndieWire.
Piracy of Nigerian movies is not as terrible as the piracy of American movies. According recent reports, last year 2016, in the United States alone, an estimated 981 million pirated movies and TV shows were downloaded. Billions of dollars are lost to pirates of movies every year.